Jordana Cashman

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Rolling Up the Welcome Mat

It was during a 1976 visit to the United States that F.W. de Klerk — South Africa’s last apartheid-era president — realized that his country’s “race …

My Soft Power

The top 10 reasons why Joe Nye's books keep landing on the recommended reading list for U.S. presidents.<p>When Foreign Policy‘s editors asked me to …

Soft Power Outage

The release of a long-awaited report by the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the CIA’s secret detention and interrogation program …

The War on Soft Power

Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama and Congress struggled until the 11th hour to agree on budget cuts that would avert a government shutdown. The …

Renaming 'soft power'

Renaming ‘soft power’<p>While on the subject of naming, Kevin Drum and Matthew Yglesias want to find another term of art to describe ‘soft power,” …

Further thoughts on soft power

My last post on “soft power” generated quite a debate, in part over terminology, so it’s worth following up a bit. Three points: 1) Here’s a link to …

Think Again: Soft Power

Soft Power Is Cultural Power<br>Partly. Power is the ability to alter the behavior of others to get what you want. There are basically three ways to do …

What can soft power do for you?

A few days ago Gideon Rachman had a sharp column in the <i>Financial Times</i> about the limits to Barack Obama’s "soft power" approach:<p>Mr Bush had a shoe …

A hard measure of Obama's soft power [UPDATED]

A hard measure of Obama’s soft power [UPDATED]<p>The Pew Global Attitudes project has released their 2009 report, which means we finally have some hard …

America's soft power military

America’s soft power military<p>Your humble blogger has been fascinated by Bob Gates’ efforts in recent years to reorient U.S. foreign policy away from …

Is American soft Power on the wane?

Saying that the U.S. is the global hegemon is obvious. One obvious source of that hegemony is our military might, but there are others, as Josef …

McDonald's Abroad

An employee of McDonald's serves a meal in Seoul, South Korea.<p>Since its founding in 1948, McDonald's has grown from a family burger stand to a global …

A coffee giant’s global footprint

According to its 2013 third-quarter report, Starbucks had 19,209 outlets worldwide in more than 60 countries — an almost 15 percent growth rate over the past three years. Read related article.

Trade wars: memo shows EU is costing UK billions

A secret government memo today reveals how a trade war between European Union countries is damaging the British economy.<p>The damning Whitehall assessment – seen by the Telegraph – has found that France and other EU countries are hampering new “free-trade” deals because they want to protect their …

Poem of the week: Whoso List to Hunt by Thomas Wyatt

Thomas Wyatt's double life as poet and Tudor courtier brings to mind a famous aphorism of WH Auden's: "Private faces in public places/ Are wiser and nicer/ Than public faces in private places". Wyatt was a successful "public face": he first entered the service of Henry VIII at the age of 13, and, …

Michel Foucault saw Europe’s current refugee crisis coming 40 years ago

In March 1976, philosopher Michel Foucault described the advent of a new logic of government, specific to Western liberal societies. He called it biopolitics. States were becoming obsessed with the health and wellbeing of their populations.<p>And sure enough, 40 years later, Western states are …

'There's something rotten in society if farmers are driven to suicide'

The depth of the farm crisis was brought to the fore this week in Strasbourg as one French MEP recalled that <b>600 French farmers had died by suicide</b> …

How Merkel Has Gambled Away Her EU Power

With her refugee policies, Chancellor Merkel has isolated Germany to a greater degree than any of her predecessors. The Balkan Route has been closed …

George Takei's New Post About Donald Trump Is Going Viral

Donald Trump is mocked for his odd interviewing style and controversial remarks. His style is hard to peg, but actor, director, and LGBT activist …

'It was freezing': Growing number of refugees give up on Europe, head home

Surkaw Omar and Rebien Abdullah quit their jobs and spent their life savings to reach Europe, only to find crowded asylum camps, hunger and freezing weather. Now back home in northern Iraq, they describe their quest for a better life as a disaster.<p>They each spent some $8,000 on the trip, much of it …

EU leaders to consider Turkey's offer for help to halt wave of migrants

An emergency summit of European leaders in Brussels ended early Tuesday with an agreement to stem the flow of migrants continuing to arrive on the continent, with one official saying negotiators had struck a "breakthrough" deal with Turkey for greater aid in the effort.<p>European Union (EU) leaders …

Rich and ruthless: Trump taps into a darker all-American tradition

The Republican frontrunner may be the contest’s can-do outsider but he has also lit up some disturbing corners of US politics<p>Good to see Donald Trump’s Republican rivals finally laying into the rascal. But in all the fuss over Trump’s endorsement by a man called David Duke, and the Republican …

Europe’s new cold war turns digital as Vladimir Putin expands media offensive

Russia is deploying social media trolls in an attempt to effect political change, and Britain is not immune<p>Jānis Sārts’s grandfather was sent to Siberia by the Russians. His wife’s aunt was unlucky enough to be deported from Latvia, not only in 1946 but again in 1949 after a short reprieve. Sārts, …

Russia

The Observer view on the American presidential election | Observer editorial

Only a true leader can restore US stature<p>It was a week when the 2016 American presidential election appeared to boil down to a contest between two individuals: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Both candidates achieved sweeping victories across the Super Tuesday states. Both immediately began to …

Marco Rubio